Mexican Sausage Pasta Bake

Sometimes you have to ditch the January diet and make something comforting to ward away the cold. The spicy, warming Mexican flavours in this pasta bake will do just that. This is truly some good mood food.

  1. Preheat oven to 200oC/400oF/gas 6.
  2. Add a splash of oil into a roasting tin along with the sausages. Roast them for 25 minutes. Remove, leave to cool for a few minutes and then slice them up.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a pan of salted boiling water according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  4. Make the tomato sauce: Heat a saucepan over a low heat. Add a splash of oil and the onions and garlic. Fry for 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add in the chipotle chili and the oregano. Fry for 1 minute before adding the tomatoes, along with 1/3 can of cold water. Add sugar and seasoning. Simmer for 20 minutes until thick, stirring occasionally.
  5. Combine the sausages, pasta, tomato sauce and beans, and then pour into an oven proof dish. Over the top lay a couple of jalapenos – add how many you feel comfortable eating! – and then scatter over the cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 mins, or until the cheese is slightly brown. Serve with guacamole, chopped fresh tomatoes and salad leaves.

Useful Cooking Information


Metric Imperial
10 g½ oz
20 g¾ oz
25 g1 oz
50 g2 oz
75 g3 oz
110 g4 oz
150 g5 oz
175 g6 oz
200 g7 oz
225 g8 oz
250 g9 oz
275 g10 oz
350 g12 oz
450 g1 lb
500 g (½ kg)18 oz
700 g1½ lb
900 g2 lb
1 kg2¼ lb
1.3 kg3 lb
1.8 kg4 lb
2.2 kg5 lb


Metric Imperial
50 ml2 fl oz
75 ml3 fl oz
100 ml3½ fl oz
125 ml4 fl oz
150 ml5 fl oz¼ pint
200 ml7 fl oz
250 ml9 fl oz
300 ml10 fl oz½ pint
425 ml15 fl oz¾ pint
600 ml20 fl oz1 pint
800 ml1½ pint
1 l1¾ pints
1.2 l2 pints
1.5 l2½ pints
1.8 l3 pints
2 l3½ pints


Metric Imperial
5 mm¼ inch
1 cm½ inch
2 cm¾ inch
2.5 cm1 inch
3 cm1¼ inches
4 cm1½ inches
5 cm2 inches
10 cm3 inches
15 cm4 inches
20.5 cm6 inches
23 cm9 inches
25 cm10 inches
30 cm12 inches

Spoon measures - mean level measures unless the recipe says 'heaped'

Eggs - are always large for baking, unless recipe says otherwise

Oven Temperatures

Gas °F °C
Mark 1275140

Fan assisted ovens - remember to reduce temperatures by 20°C

Most Useful US/European Conversions

ButterUS 1 cup / 2 sticks8 oz220 g
SugarUS 1 cup6 oz175 g
FlourUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
LiquidUS 1 cup8 fl oz225 ml
Prepped OnionsUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Cheese, GratedUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Diced FruitUS 1 cup5 oz150 g
Fresh BreadcrumbsUS 1 cup2 oz55 g

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